Job Vacancy:

Lead Pharmacist-Specialty Practice

Position: Immediate start, Full-time 12 month contract (extension for another 12 months possible), Probation Period: 6 months with a 3 month review
Job Code: SHPA3
Employer: The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Salary: $ 100,000 - $ 110,000 (pro-rata per annum) including superannuation, plus salary packaging
Closing application date: 28/09/2017

Job Description

This position will support the introduction and implementation of SHPA’s new specialty practice streams over the next 12 months and ensure they meet their strategic goals in terms of producing Standards of Practice as well other strategic content. In partnership with the Specialty Practice Leadership Committees this will involve managing the development and revision of Standards of Practice for each stream, working with the education team to produce curriculum and CPD materials, and liaising with the policy and advocacy team to ensure specialty practice expertise is reflected in policy submissions and advocacy projects.

The successful candidate will need to be a motivated self-starter with excellent planning, writing and editing skills, the ability to prioritise multiple projects effectively and strong attention to detail. Expertise in hospital pharmacy and an understanding of its specialties is essential. This position works closely with a wide range of members and staff.

Regular attendance at teleconferences after hours will be required.


Responsible to: General Manager, Advocacy & Leadership


Key Duties:

1. Specialty Practice project management

  • Development of a schedule and project plan to enable production or revision of Standards of Practice for all streams (26) over the next 24 – 36 months
  • Work in partnership with other Specialty Practice staff to ensure SHPA strategic goals are achieved
  • Acting as the key liaison point for all Leaderships Committees as they work on their Standards of Practice – and similar publications

2. Specialty Practice curriculum development 

  • Liaising with the Education Coordinator re education topics and priorities
  • Supporting Leaderships Committees as they plan their education and curriculum content development
  • Liaising with SHPA residency committees and staff to ensure clear communication and collaborative work practices as required
  • Developing (in consultation with Leadership Committees) timely curriculum for specialty practice residencies

3. Specialty Practice support 

  • Attending Specialty Practice Leadership Committee meetings and updating them on progress of all projects
  • Gathering evidence from local and international journals and elsewhere to inform Specialty Practice groups and sharing through the streams as appropriate
  • Supporting Leadership Committee Chairs with development of presentations or other education related activities
  • Advising and contributing to SHPA policy in areas of specialty practice
  • Report to Council on progress of projects as required

4. Advocacy

  • Utilise pharmacy expertise to link SP streams with advocacy opportunities
  • Support specialty practice stream members in their advocacy roles
  • Liaise with streams and encourage engagement with SHPA policy and advocacy work
  • Ensure feedback is channelled within the organisation


  • This is a full-time position of 38 hours per week with flexible hours
  • Generous salary packaging is available

Selection Criteria:


  • A pharmacy qualification and relevant hospital pharmacy professional experience
  • Strong understanding of hospital pharmacy areas of specialty practice
  • Demonstrated experience producing written materials, ie. journal articles, curriculum, reports
  • Capability to manage multiple projects simultaneously including meeting regular deadlines
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent planning, organisational, prioritisation and time management skills
  • Proven ability to work with committees
  • Highly personable with a willing and positive approach to working within a small team
  • Advanced computer skills including high level proficiency across the Microsoft Office suite


  • Writing and editing qualification
  • Publication development experience
  • Previous experience in a membership organisation

How to Apply

Further Information:
Contact: Emily Opray,